InCom WG 203: 'Sustainable Inland Waterways - A Guide for Inland Waterway Managers on Social and Environmental Impacts' (2023)

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This PIANC report of InCom WG 203 is targeted at those responsible for the management of inland waterways (IW). The paper focuses on increasing the social and environmental awareness of managers responsible for operating and developing IW. This report also addresses the opportunities and challenges for inland waterway managers resulting from the multiple functions and uses of the waterways. This report also provides inland waterway managers with a general guide to the global process of generating and creating more sustainable development in society. In addition, it provides practical lessons for inland waterway managers by using case studies with examples for ‘Best Cases’ presenting projects that were considered to have successfully implemented sustainable solutions and a ‘Lesson Learnt’ project that did not meet many of its intended objectives.

This report describes the concept of incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into the culture of public inland waterway organisations. CSR is relevant to all inland waterway infrastructure development, including maintenance and operations. Applying CSR to inland waterway projects generates additional benefits for all of society. Incorporating CSR into an organisation’s workflow by using the multifunctionality of IW as a baseline can improve outcomes and increase efficiencies. Using CSR means an organisation will consider multifunctionality of IW including participation of all stakeholders and integration of all the various perspectives and needs for a project.

The report presents seven case studies that include one that offers lessons learned and six that provide recommendations for IW managers that are consistent with sustainable operations and maintenance of IW projects:


Case study 1:   The Panama Canal: A Success Story of a Sustainable Waterway

Case study 2:  Enhancing Existing Infrastructure at the Redman Point–Loosahatchie Bar Environmental Project near Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Case study 3:  The Sigma Plan Flood Protection, Belgium

Case Study 4: Enhancing Existing Infrastructure at a Small Waterway in the Northern Part of Germany

Case study 5:   Modernisation of the Scheldt Section Crossing Tournai, Belgium

Case study 6:   Sustainably Managing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (NHP) in Maryland, USA


Case Study 7: Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, Louisiana, USA: Example of an Unsustainable Waterway

  • Written by: InCom WG 203
  • Published: March 06, 2023